Aerobid and Breastfeeding

Although no research has been conducted on Aerobid and breastfeeding, it is unlikely that the drug would be passed through breast milk at high enough levels to cause harm to the nursing baby (since blood levels of Aerobid are usually low). However, you should still make sure to talk with your healthcare provider about the possible risks of breastfeeding while taking Aerobid. Breastfeeding mothers should also watch for any side effects in the nursing baby during treatment with Aerobid.

An Overview of Aerobid and Breastfeeding

Aerobid inhalers will not be made, dispensed, or sold in the United States after June 30, 2011. Aerobid contains chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), chemicals that deplete the ozone layer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set this final date for the medication in order to comply with the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer. People taking Aerobid should ask their healthcare providers about alternatives to Aerobid, keeping in mind that it is possible that Aerobid may become unavailable in pharmacies earlier than the final date.
Aerobid® (flunisolide inhaler) is a prescription medication used to treat asthma. It is part of a group of medications called corticosteroids.
It is not known if flunisolide (the active ingredient of Aerobid) passes through breast milk. Because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of Aerobid recommends that breastfeeding women use Aerobid cautiously. You should let your healthcare provider know (prior to taking Aerobid) if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding.

What Does the Research Say About Aerobid and Breastfeeding?

Although no research has been done to see if flunisolide passes through breast milk, it is known that other corticosteroids pass through breast milk. Because blood levels of inhaled flunisolide (the active ingredient of Aerobid) are usually very low, it is unlikely that flunisolide would be passed through breast milk at high enough levels to cause problems. It is generally thought that Aerobid is probably safe for many women who are breastfeeding. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Aerobid while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
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